Everyone along and north of Highway 80/I-20 is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9pm. We have seen numerous severe thunderstorm warnings to our north with some good sized hail falling from those storms, strong winds, and there was a tornado warning back in Louisiana earlier this afternoon.
The first round of storms is staying to our north, but it is round two that looks to be making a B-line for East Mississippi and West Alabama. Clouds are breaking a bit, and that will most likely be the fuel we need to break our cap (think of the cap as the lid on a boiling pot of water). We have plenty of instability in the atmosphere, but luckily not much shear to turn storms. Tornadoes are not our main threat, but one or two could form in right-moving discreet storms that develop ahead of the main line. Our main threats are damaging winds and hail up to 2" or more in diameter (golf ball to egg size and larger).
The best timing looks to be between 4pm and midnight with these storms. Once they depart, skies will start clearing out and leave us with a nice Tuesday with strong northeast winds.
For now, just stay weather aware. Stay with WTOK for the latest weather updates.
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